The Temple of the Divines.   Posted by Mr. Main.Group: 0
Mr. Main
 GM, 1072 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2015
at 23:14
The Temple of the Divines.
Situated not far from the heart of Arcadia is a massive temple about almost as large as the divide. In fact the only building inside Arcadia that is larger is Archibald's Arena. The temple is Made mostly out of a concrete and Marble. The temple is laid out almost like a compass. it has a large dome at each of the cardinal points and then a massive dome in the center.  Winding around the outer domes for the directions is a circular corridor that connects them.

 Each Dome is covered with copper with other precious metals and stones laid over that creating interesting and beautiful patterns unique to each dome and all of them are topped with tall and thin gleaming Spire that houses a large bronze bell. The towering walls are decorated with religious symbols, statues of gods, angels and other beings as well was stones reliefs cover the outside walls and large ornate stained glass windows. Surrounding the temple are large park like grounds. With reflecting ponds, sand gardens, flower beds that bloom all year round and even a small hedge maze.

Each of the cardinal domes has a main entrance and each of those doors of the doors are made out of a different material and are heavily decorated; one is bronze, one is a dark almost black iron, one is made of marble, one is of a beautiful dark wood and the last appears to be made out of ivory. All of the doors are about 30 feet high and 10 feet wide. it is said that each door opens automatically at sunrise and closes the same way an hour after sunset. there are other entry doors that can be used when those doors are closed, but they have been cleverly engineered so that they are almost invisible. A normal person wouldn't be able to find them if not for particular symbol that was placed on each to identify them.

Inside each dome is actually somehow brighter then it is outside with no visible sources of artificial light. There is one main alter in the center of each dome with several smaller altars around the edges. Each alter somehow has a ray of sunlight illuminating it. the floors are a mix of white marble and colorful mosaics. The walls are covered with paintings, tapestries, statues, and more stone reliefs. Lining the interior walls, including those of the connecting corridors are religious symbols and shrines for just about every known god. The temple is large enough to have them positioned so that it does not feel crowded and religions that may be antagonistic to each other are far from each other.

The inside of each dome has been exquisitely painted (think Sistine chapel saint peters basilica ect.)

There are many priests, and worshipers inside as well as sightseers here to marvel at the majesty of the temple.
Aden Bero
 player, 908 posts
 HP 51/51
 Flame Juggler
Tue 14 Jul 2015
at 00:16
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
Aden came from a small coastal fishing town, with a pretty small temple of stone and wood.  New and nice certainly (for a brief moment he'd been a suspect in the burning down of the old one), but tiny by comparison to this majestic structure.  So he was impressed everytime he saw it, and gave a whistle of admiration.

"Alright Safia, your move."
Safia
 player, 69 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Tue 14 Jul 2015
at 23:13
Re: The Temple of the Divines.

"Thanks, Aden. I've never requested a certified divination before," Safia replied, glancing ahead at the many domes. She frowned thoughtfully. "I'm not exactly sure which door to enter, but perhaps it doesn't truly matter."

If there wasn’t business to attend to, Safia would have taken the time to stroll through and enjoy the many gardens and ponds of the surrounding grounds. Nature had always had a calming affect for her. The ornate and extravagant designs of the inner temple domes set her slightly on edge. It was gawk-worthy, but a mite overwhelming in its beauty.

She chose to enter the Temple of the Divines through the beautiful dark wood door (though the dark, black iron door appealed to her as well). Safia let her gaze travel over the many people inside, and tried to hone in on who she believed might be able to point her in the right direction. Perhaps there was a sign somewhere that read ‘Certified Divinations’, or a centrally located information kiosk in which she could inquire. Failing that, she’d simply choose the nearest priest who wasn’t otherwise engaged in conversation and ask, “Would you happen to know where I can obtain a certified divination?”
Dustil Kraye
 player, 768 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Wed 15 Jul 2015
at 04:14
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
Dustil could admit to himself that he was impressed. The temple was, simply put, an astounding piece of architectural beauty. Having not ever before had much need of religion, he hadn't really been to the temple before that he could remember. And, looking around at it all, he was pretty sure he would have remembered.

He kept silent and took a sip from his flask. He glanced over at Safia and followed after her.
Acolyte Anderson
 NPC, 3 posts
Wed 15 Jul 2015
at 04:35
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
There were quite a few priest about. most of the wearing robes with symbols that identified what god they preached for. Everyone one of them was busy either giving a sermon, praying, reading some holy text or speaking with one or more of the faithful. However there were some priest who wore simple white, brown and grey robes without symbols of any kind on them.

One of them seemed to notice you searching for something and approaches you. He is a slightly overweight man in his early 40's who walks with a bit of a limp. He is of average height, has dark brown hair streaked with grey and is wearing a simple brown robe.

"You seem to be looking for something young lady, perhaps I can help?"
Safia
 player, 70 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Wed 15 Jul 2015
at 11:28
Re: The Temple of the Divines.

"Yes, I hope so." Safia was glad for the assist, for something less flashy to focus on. The priest's brown robe was a welcome relief from the busy colors of mosaics and stained glass. "I would like to have a certified divination done on myself. Sergeant Dey from the Town Guard suggested I come here. Will you help me with that, or perhaps point me in the right direction?"
Drazgar In'lyndl
 player, 188 posts
Wed 15 Jul 2015
at 14:10
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
In reply to Safia (msg # 6):

Drazgar almost unable to stand still dances in place.
Acolyte Anderson
 NPC, 4 posts
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 02:21
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
The drow in full armor suddenly breaking out in dance distracts the acolyte anderson for a second. he lets out a slightly befuddled "Uhh.." Before remembering that the blonde young woman in front of him asked a question. "Right...certified divination. Yes please follow me. I will take you to Acolyte Johnson. Among other things, he helps to run the temples...merchant endeavors. He will be able to perform the Divination or at least find you someone who can. If you know what kind of divination you need it will save you some time." The priest answers as he begins to lead you through the temple until you are under the massive central dome. he then leads you along the wall until you reach wooden door with a bronze representation of a scale nailed unto it.

"I know. you're wondering why the 'temple store' as some of the more cynical have come to call is not out front where it is highly visible and easy to reach. It certainly is inconvenient when you need something from the temple. but the thought was that it would be less distracting and disturbing to the faithful as well as the other visitors is such a place was well separated from the main floor where people pray and discuss matters of faith." He comments as he opens the door and leads you down a small flight of stairs into a small room with a single desk. there is a man sitting at that desk wearing the same kind of brown robe as the priest who lead you down here.

"That is acolyte Johnson he should be able to help you."
Safia
 player, 71 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 04:30
Re: The Temple of the Divines.

Safia shared the acolyte’s befuddlement with Drazgar’s dance. She couldn’t help but wonder if he had ants in his armor, but her attention quickly returned to the business at hand.

“Merchant endeavors?” It was more of a musing murmur, than anything else. Safia tossed a look to her teammates—to see if they had any questions or comments to add—before she followed the alcolyte’s lead. “Perhaps it’s true what they say, that anything worth having is worth putting in the effort for... or waiting for,” she replied in regards to why the ‘temple store’ was not easy to reach. With a flicker of a smile, she added, “Or worth taking a very long walk to reach.”

Safia stepped into the room after the alcolyte and thanked him for his assistance, though he hadn’t told her his name. She turned her attention to the one he had introduced her to.

“Hello, acolyte Johnson. I’m told you are the person I need to speak with about having a certified divination done on myself. I’m not certain what type, other than to say that I was directed to the Temple of the Divines by Sergeant Dey of the Town Guard.” She paused, taking a breath while determining how best to explain. Truth, while painful, seemed the best route. “A very dear friend of mine was murdered. He has no... had no family, far as we know. I would like to claim his personal effects. Sergeant Dey mentioned several ways to go about doing so, one of which was to receive a certified divination. It seemed like the most straightaway approach. What, ah... does that entail?”
Drazgar In'lyndl
 player, 189 posts
Fri 17 Jul 2015
at 03:33
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
Drazgar continues dancing as he follows.

OOC:
Perform(dance): 16

Mr. Main
 GM, 1073 posts
Sat 18 Jul 2015
at 20:43
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
During the walk...

Darzgar boogies at the back of the line as the group walks. He draws several stares, for a drow dancing in heavy armor in the middle of a temple is quite the sight. A couple kids run up and dance at the back of the line with him for a little bit until their parents come and drag them away scolding them for improper behavior.


Downstairs with Acolyte Johnson

The acolyte behind the desk is young, in his early 20's. He has blonde hair and dark brown eyes. He seems very tall even sitting down, and considering how little of the robe he fills out he seems very slender. Almost skeletal even. He reaches down and opens a draw of the desk he is sitting at and takes out a seal, some incense, wax, a candle, a pad, some paper and what looks like some kind of dust.

"There are a couple different methods. But the cheapest and most efficient is a two step process. I ask you some questions while you are under a zone of truth and then depending on the impression I have I may have to follow up with another spell. the zone of truth will cost you 60 gold. Any other spells I cast afterwards will cost you more. Are you willing to submit to a zone of truth?"
Drazgar In'lyndl
 player, 190 posts
Sat 18 Jul 2015
at 20:47
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
In reply to Mr. Main (msg # 11):

OOC: Dance is part of Drazgar's God's porfolio so he is in active worship of his god right now. Clerics in here should only give second glances at him till they see his holy symbol and then wonder why he left the tavern.
Yanyeeku
 player, 158 posts
 Teller of Stories
 24/24 HP
Sat 18 Jul 2015
at 21:25
Re: The Temple of the Divines.
Yanyeeku had been in mild awe when they arrived at the temple. Having mostly been used to the buildings of his Clan, this was something else entirely. The domes covered with precious stones and metals, the bronze bell... Very different from the shrines back home.

He did his best to ignore Drazgar's behaviour as they were taken to the Acolyte. He was slowly getting used to the drow's odd habit of dancing without apparent reason; although it still felt unusual.
While it did feel inconvenient to have the 'temple store' be out of the way, the provided reasoning made sense. A more mercantile endeavour in a place of worship could be distracting for some.

He listened curiously as the acolyte and Safia spoke, his fan closed in one hand. While accustomed to fanning himself when standing around, he felt it might be disrespectful in the temple. Besides, the divination could prove interesting.
Safia
 player, 72 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Sun 19 Jul 2015
at 18:01
Re: The Temple of the Divines.

“Well that’s costly,” Safia blurted, already in her own zone of truth. “I am certainly willing to submit to a zone of truth, but I haven’t the proper amount of gold. While I trust your word on the efficiency of your spell, we have differing views on what constitutes ‘cheap’.” Safia frowned, frustrated. No wonder the temples were so richly decorated. “I’m sorry to have wasted your time.”

She turned to leave, but then turned back. “...Unless there is a task I can do for you or the Temples to compensate for the three gold I’m shy of your price?”